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Friday, May 24, 2013

New York Notes Takes a Trip to Paris with Museum Music: Painters in Paris Highly Recommended by Whom You Know Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a fly on the wall at a Parisian café during the first few decades of the last century? During this time, Paris was bursting with music and art, and the cafés would be filled with patrons singing and drinking into the wee small hours of the morning. Well, until time travel is possible, the next best thing might be Painters In Paris: Le Café Concert, a fantastic CD from Museum Music. Museum Music is a New York City-based company that creates compilations celebrating the relationships between music, art, history, and more. Painters In Paris was created specifically for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit entitled "Painters In Paris: 1895 - 1950, and if you close your eyes, it's easy to be transported back to that time period and imagine yourself in one of those fabled French cafés. The song selection is terrific, including recordings by Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker, and other popular singers from the era. The final selection on the CD is George Gershwin's "An American In Paris," which beautifully captures with music the experience of an American's visit to Paris. The compilation is carefully and thoughtfully constructed, and will take listeners on a joyous journey to the City of Light at its finest!

Paris is one of my favorite cities in all of the world. It is spectacularly beautiful. Not to mention the French language makes me absolutely melt! I wish I had the money to visit whenever my heart desired. Sadly, my wallet cannot afford it. Thankfully, instead, I have Painters in Pairs: Le Cafe Concert, a compilation by Museum Music for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This CD is filled with beautiful melodies that you might have heard in Paris during the first half of the 20th Century. The music will transport you instantly to gay Paris without the cost of the plane fare! I love this music!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this wonderful complication of primarily French songs, Painters in Paris. It is an accompaniment to the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled “Painters in Paris 1895-1950”. This exhibit champions the rich cultural diversity of the Post-Impressionist artists who came to Paris, because, as quoted by Gertrude Stein, “…Paris, the place where tradition was so firm that they could let anyone have the emotions of unreality…” Miro, Picasso, Soutine, Ernst, and Modigliani created their works during this era. The spirit is captured so well on the CD by including digital masters made from the original 78 and LP recordings. The original soundtrack sounds take you back in time. I enjoyed particular hearing Maurice Chevalier singing Toi et Moi and Josephine Baker with Wal-Berg and his Orchestra perform De Temps en Temps. Close your eyes, crank up your photograph, and prepared to be entertained.

Paris is always the dream, the inspiration, the joy for many of us. If your soul is in Paris, these selections will be your theme. From the relatively unfamiliar, such as Aime Doniat, and Micheles Arnaud (unknown perhaps to Americans), through the guitar styling of the Django Reinhardt years, and Josephine Baker's shenanigans, this new CD compiled by Museum Music covers the smooth, the cabaret, and the classic side of Paris. From the street corners of Montmartre, to the concert hall, and theaters, the selections herein represent the best and the boldest of what we call "representative". Poetic love songs in French like "Easy to Love" were popularized by the cross-cultural artists such as the fabulous Josephine Baker. Maurice Chevalier, in his straw boater, known to film audiences the world over, is the very image of French. And to wrap up the entire package, Museum Music has included Gershwin's "American in Paris": a full glorious 18 minutes of Eugene Ormandy's superbly conducted version with the Philadelphia Orchestra. I grew up with that version, and the Oscar Levant interpretation, so Maestro Ormandy is near and dear to my heart. As is Paris, and her music. Think of every blind moment you've spent, picturing yourself on the Pont des Arts beneath a starry sky, with Paris at your feet. That's how this music will make you feel.



Commissioning Organization: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Item Number: MM108 

Running Time: 60:19 

Companion CD to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, Painters in Paris: 1895-1950. Travel back in time to the period when Paris was the creative Mecca of modern art, and its cafes were overflowing with vibrant and infectious music. Featuring a selection of spirited café concert performances by Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt and others, and concluding with George Gershwin’s incomparable, An American In Paris. A must-have CD for Francophiles and art enthusiasts alike. 


1. Maurice Chevalier 
Toi et Moi (2:52)

2. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Le Quintette du Hot Club de France)
Dinah (2:34)

3. Ray Ventura 
Tiens, Tiens, Tiens (from Tourbillon de Paris) (2:38)

4. Edith Piaf 
La Vie En Rose (3:06)

5. Michèle Arnaud 
De Place en Place (3:04)

6. Aimé Doniat
Fermons Nos Rideaux (1:57)

7. Joséphine Baker with Wal-Berg & his Orchestra 
C'est si Facile de Vous Aimer (Easy To Love) (3:02)

8. Aimé Doniat 
Reviens (3:23) 

9. Joséphine Baker with The Comedy Harmonists 
Sous Le Ciel D'Afrique (from Princess Tam Tam) (4:11)

10. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Le Quintette du Hot Club de France)
I'm Confessin' That I Love You (2:54)

11. Micheline Dax
Le Voyage à Robinson (2:21)

12. Joséphine Baker with Wal-Berg and his Orchestra
De Temps En Temps (3:19)

13. Eric Amado 
La Valse Brune (2:49)

14. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli (Le Quintette du Hot Club de France)
Nuages (The Bluest Kind of Blues) (3:14)

15. Philadelphia Orchestra (Eugene Ormandy, Conductor) 
An American in Paris (18:14) 

Who We Are. Museum Music, Inc. is an award winning multi-media company based in New York City that specializes in creating customized, state-of-the-art audio compact discs (CDs) and enhanced compact discs (ECDs) for museums and other specialized organizations. 

What We Do. Museum Music partners with client institutions to develop smart, appealing, high quality and highly saleable music CDs to tie-in with featured exhibitions or celebrate permanent collections. All of our products are designed for sale in museum shops as well as in traditional gift and CD retail outlets. 

Our Motivation. Art. Photography. Nature. Culture. Religion. History. Achievement. Music is a universal influence. And, Museum Music is dedicated to helping our clients reveal the power of music connected to a theme. 

Our Ideas. The music behind a masterpiece. The music that awakened inspiration. The music that defines an era. The music that highlights an event. The music that accompanied social, artistic and intellectual movements. The music that identifies a personality. The music that suggests an idea. The music that cements a community. Virtually every topic invites exploration into great music! 

Our Commitment to Excellence. Each CD we produce reflects an entire company’s care. Care in production. Care in design. And, most of all, care in client and consumer satisfaction. Additionally, Museum Music is a full-service company. Our team of experts includes music researchers and historians, artists, designers, writers, developers, recording technicians, licensing and legal advisors, and sales, marketing, and promotion specialists. We will collaborate closely with you on all phases of production to ensure a successful product. We are always there to help! 

What Is An ECD? An ECD is primarily an audio or music CD; however, it also contains an interactive portion that functions like any CD-ROM. This interactive portion can contain anything from a tour of your museum, zoo, or organization to links to your website – right from the CD! 

Proven Rewards. Custom music CDs are a proven way for an organization to expand publicity and consumer awareness, while reinforcing image and reputation. And, Museum Music CDs provide your visitors, customers and patrons with a long-lasting, enjoyable and educational gift which will remind them of your organization for years to come. Plus, sales of Museum Music CDs have proven to be a reliable, innovative, successful and cost-effective method for raising revenue. 

How Do We Create A CD With Museum Music? The process is simple. First, our team of developers meets with representatives of your organization to fine tune concept ideas and outline the objectives of the project. Our researchers and music historians then compile a list of suggested tracks, in collaboration with you. Museum Music handles all music licensing and/or all production of original music required for the project. Our art department creates all design elements for the packaging and our writers working with you complete the liner notes. Once you give final approval, our production experts take over and, shortly thereafter, finished CDs are ready for shipment and sale. 

How Long Does It Take? For a music CD, the production time averages 12 - 16 weeks from start to finish, depending on the size and nature of the project. But we have produced CDs in much shorter turnaround times to meet exhibit opening dates. We can design a production schedule to meet your needs and deadlines. Even on a rush basis! 

Retail Support. Museum Music has strong, established relationships with many museums, museum shops, and specialty gift and CD retail outlets, including specialty retail, mail order and online vendors. We are dedicated to this market. And, we are dedicated to our clients! 

Our Clients. Our valued list of clients includes: 

Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum of Modern Art 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Whitney Museum of American Art 

Detroit Institute of Arts New York Botanical Garden 
International Spy Museum Georgia O’Keeffe Museum 

J. Paul Getty Center Seattle Art Museum 

High Museum of Art American Museum of Natural History 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art And more... 

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